Ubisoft Forward is a pretty predictable experience. We get the usual random stuff early on; Mario & Rabbids, Skull & Bones, Riders Republic and more. Pre-show included a bunch of promos, including a photo-mode contest which led into a promo to get Ubisoft+ free for a month.
Oh, and of course they plugged The Division 2’s new updates.
Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell fans are giving a pretty hard side-eye to The Division 2 right now for all it’s updates, but it IS a popular (and profitable) series for Ubisoft.
We do get a peek into the Division: Heartland. While early, EARLY leaks showed stealth mechanics having some real significance, and what we saw in those early leaks are still at least partially there, we can’t be sure that it’ll retain any solid stealth.
Oh, and both a Division AND a Rainbow Six mobile game? Pass for me, but maybe you’re into that sorta thing (I’m still bitter about the direction Rainbow Six has went in, but then again, I’m a bitter old man who played the original Rainbow Six game).
Speaking of mobile.. Netflix is going to be carrying some Ubisoft games, apparently. This will include an AC game AND live action series, weirdly enough (let’s not talk about the live action movie, though).
The big hype was all about Assassin’s Creed, however, and those of us who tuned in waited until the very end for the reveal.
15 years since the first Assassin’s Creed, we’re finally looking at a game that goes back to it’s roots: Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
Featuring Basim from AC Valhalla, we’re going back to the Middle East (Baghdad), rooftops, social stealth and all the other classic experiences that launched the series.
I will note that there appears to be a fair amount of combat featured in the trailer, so this may not be quite the same Assassin’s Creed we grew up with.
You’ll play as a young Basim, and your mentor Roshan (superbly voiced by Shohreh Aghdashloo, and fans of the Expanse will recognize her) is a part of the storyline as well. You’ll be growing yourself from a humble street thief to one of the Hidden Ones, which is not an unfamiliar progression for AC fans.
Mirage is coming out in 2023; we’ve got no other extras on the date, which means we can probably expect it mid to late 2023, rather than early 2023.. Especially since we only saw rendered cutscenes rather than actual gameplay.
Furthermore, we’ve got a documentary on the AC series coming out now, titled “Beyond the Creed” on YouTube.
More AC Valhalla content is coming, too, if you’re still playing. In a few months “The Last Chapter” will be released. This will be a free release tying everything in the main storyline up in a neat little bow, obviously.
But wait, there’s more.
.. Another mobile game. Another Assassin’s Creed mobile game, set in China.. Again.
Sure, mobile hardware has come a long way since the first mobile Assassin’s Creed game, but.. Really?
“Codename Jade” is open world, has full character customization, etc etc.. So basically an Ubisoft title on mobile.
This was leaked previously, of course, which means we might have more..
..Oh wait, we finally get AC set in Japan, “Codename Red”. This was a leaked rumor as well. This is a Shinobi-style setting, which is fantastic and much-desired out of fans. No idea on release date, but there’s even more..
Ubisoft Montreal is working on something new in the AC universe that’s very blair-witch-esque.. “Assassins’ Creed: Codename Hexe”.
Basically Ubisoft is dropping a bunch of zero-gameplay trailers for all the concepts they have upcoming.
They also talk about Infinity, which is going to be the hub between all these new AC titles.. Which is also going to tie into multiplayer for AC via that Infinity hub.
No release date on these new titles, but I’m sure it’ll be somewhere around 2024, given that we didn’t get a year yet on these. Of course, there is no guarantee that all of them will release: All we have is some vague notions about the games and a brief teaser without any gameplay.
Finally, it should be noted that we saw nothing about Splinter Cell (a remake of the original is supposed to be in the works, and we know they cancelled the VR title) or the Ghost Recon series, which.. Well, that’s not surprising, honestly, after the backlash from Frontlines.